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Meet new people as an international student

Building your social network is key to enjoying your time in Melbourne.

One of the hardest things about moving to a new country is leaving your family and friends behind.

Meeting local people is the best way to immerse yourself in the Melbourne experience, and a perfect opportunity to learn about our culture and customs, as well as practising real English. It’s not always easy to meet local people, but we have a few tips for you.

  1. Think about the things you love doing. Maybe it’s photography, nature walks, skateboarding or painting. Whatever you’re interested in, Meetups has a group you can join. Being around people with common interests is the best way to make new friends.
  2. RMIT University has many free clubs and societies. It’s a great opportunity to get some insider tips from current university students.
  3. Known as the sports capital of Australia, sports such as football (AFL), soccer, tennis, rugby and cricket call Melbourne home. Sport is a universal language, and a great way to meet locals. Sportshosts allows you to connect with people who are going to watch a match. They’ll ‘host’ you for the day and give you a local’s introduction to the game.
  4. Mundo Lingo is a weekly language exchange held in various bars around the city (you must be over 18). Upon entry, you’ll be given a sticker to indicate which language(s) you speak. To practise your English, just find someone who has that sticker and introduce yourself. Everyone’s there for the same reason, so it cuts out those uncomfortable moments.